World Vision

Happy First Day of Marathon Training!

My stomach is in knots today. I’m terrified, nervous, excited, and anxious. It might have something to do with my afternoon chocolate binge, but I suspect it’s because I’m officially in training for my first marathon!¬†As the out-of-shape big kid growing up, I never thought in a million years that I’d be running a marathon. Let alone be excited about it! I’ve come a long way. From young and overweight and hating to run, to “trying” to lose weight as a teen, to over exercising and under eating as a young adult, to actually losing over 40 lbs and becoming a legitimate runner in the last few years. So many emotions. (I may be PMS-ing, sorry if that’s TMI) I also have a long way to go. I’m ¬†still about 10 lbs overweight for my height and frame and need to get that off for the sake of my joints, heart, and lungs. I have 431.4 miles left to run in the next 18 weeks – one week is 40 miles alone! And I need to fund raise – my goal is $1,310 – over $50 for each mile of the marathon (which is 26.2 miles). I anticipate this being a summer of hard work and character change. (Or if could just be a really fun challenge!)

This morning was just a 3 mile easy run. Rewinding a bit back to Saturday, I ran a 5k test run. A test run tells you what you can expect your marathon finishing time to be and what pace to train at. There’s a whole chart, you could probably Google it if you wanted to check in out for yourself. I found out that I’m on track to finish between 4 hours, 30 minutes and 4 hours 45 minutes, or a 10 minute, 45 second pace per mile. That’s great news is it’s right where I’d hoped to be. Even though my finishing time Saturday was on target, I had a horrible run. When I went back and checked my splits, they were opposite of what they should of been. Typically, you want to start slow and get faster as you go. It’s called a negative split and it’s essential to finishing strong. As you can see below and had consistently positive splits. (Is that even a term?)

 

Those numbers are going the wrong way!

Those numbers are going the wrong way!

This morning I decided to flip that around. I started off pretty slow and gradually built up speed. By the end I was feeling pretty good! When I checked my splits this time, they were perfectly negative! Much better! Going on from here, I’m going to try and stick with a 9:30 pace for my weekday “easy” runs with nice negative splits. That’s the goal at least.

Great negative splits!

Great negative splits!

I should touch on my little binge for a second. I failed miserably this afternoon. I got too hungry because I had to run a bunch of errands during my normal lunch time so I was starving when I got home. I have two smallish chocolate bars and a fun sized York Peppermint Patty before I stopped myself. It could’ve been worse, but I felt gross, bloated, and groggy afterward. I’m going to try and remember that next time I want to binge. I feel so much better when I eat well!

I briefly mentioned fund raising earlier. I’m raising money for World Vision to build wells in Africa. $50 is enough for one person to have clean water for a lifetime. That’s the short version. Pretty soon I’ll try and get all of my thoughts together about my commitment to World Vision and their cause. In the meantime, if you’re feeling like you want to support me in my training regardless of my deeper thoughts, opinions, and emotions tied to this cause, you can visit my fund raising page and donate online. Anything you could give would really be an encouragement for me! Thanks!

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Big News

Exactly 7 months from today, I’m going to be doing something huge. Something monumental. Something I would have never thought I’d do:

(No, I’m not having a baby.)

I’m going to run my first marathon!

After finishing my first half marathon in 2012.

After finishing my first half marathon in 2012.

My husband and I at the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon

My husband and I at the 2013 Chicago Half Marathon

Right now I’m feeling pretty excited about it. I’ve been running for 3 years now. I’ve completed 4 5k’s, a 10k, and 2 half marathons. I’ve been building up to this for a while now, and it’s high time I take the plunge! There are tons of details that I’ll eventually be sharing about here: my training plan and schedule, diet, progress, etc.. For now I just want to share why I decided to do this:

For Me: I love a challenge. I love feeling strong after a lifetime of feeling weak. Running makes me feel good. I want to prove to the doubting part of myself that I really can accomplish something worthwhile.

For Odette: I’ve been supporting this Rwandan girl for almost 8 years. She was only 3 years old when I first “met” her. Her, her family, and countless others in Rwanda and Africa were once without clean water. Walking 3 miles daily to collect dirty river water was normal. Because of people who ran half marathons and marathons to raise money to build wells, Odette no longer has to drink, bath, or wash in unclean water. In fact, no one in her town has to. There are still numerous communities in Africa who don’t have the luxury (if you could even call it that) of a local well for clean water. So many diseases could be prevented, so many more children could be in school instead of walking to a water source, and so many more people will have the chance to hear about Jesus when World Vision comes in to install these wells. I can do something about this!

I’m running for the charity, Team World Vision. My goal is to raise $1,310 for clean water in Africa. That’s $50 for each mile I’ll run (Marathon = 26.2 miles) and it’s also the amount it costs to provide clean water for one person for their lifetime. I know it’s early, but I’m asking that you think and pray about supporting me and Team World Vision by donating here. And if you can’t donate, please pray. Pray for me (my health, my motivation, my sanity), for Odette, for World Vision and the work they do in Africa, and those that will receive the gift of clean water.

Thanks in advance for your support. I know I’ll need it!